Arjan Bhullar signs new contract to remain with ONE Championship, still planning to pursue pro wrestling


Arjan Bhullar has reached an agreement on a new multi-fight contract that will keep him with ONE Championship after claiming the promotion’s heavyweight title this past April.

Bhullar made the announcement via The MMA Hour.

” I have resigned. A multi-year, multi-fight deal has been offered to me that will allow me to also pro wrestle. This is a unique deal that we’ve never seen before in MMA. We’ve all seen Ronda [Rousey] or Cain [Velasquez] busy, but it was only after [fighting was done].. We have come to terms with the ONE, utterly .

Prior to his deal being signed, Bhullar had been at odds with ONE Championship over his contract after he defeated Brandon Vera to claim the heavyweight title.

After Kirill Grishenko had been defeated back in February, ONE was unable to reach an agreement and crowned Anatoly Malykhin as the interim champion of Russian heavyweight.

Now ONE will look to unify the titles, although Bhullar mentioned that Malykhin can’t currently travel into Singapore where the promotion is based due to a travel ban from Russia following the invasion into Ukraine

Bhullar said that, in addition to his fight career, his new contract will allow him to look into a career as a professional wrestler, something he has wanted since he signed with ONE.

According to Bhullar, he had interest from major pro wrestling promotions but because of his prior contract with ONE, he was unable to actually enter any kind of negotiations.

“We had interest from both WWE and AEW,” Bhullar said. My contract didn’t permit it .”

. We couldn’t enter into a formal agreement.

Bhullar may be able explore these options as part of the terms and conditions of his new agreement with ONE. He hopes to make a return to the cage in the latter half this year.